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Zero motoring seems to be the latest in the motoring industry at the moment. like Toyota, Lexus and have been surveying the and offer hybrid cars the Toyota Yaris, Lexus CT and the Honda CR-Z hybrid deliver sub 100g/km of CO2 meaning pay no road tax or congestion charge. At the of fashionable motoring, however, is

Having diverted all research and away from hybrid Renault’s primary focus is now on zero emission cars.

the uptake of electric cars has rather slow – around were sold in the UK in 2012 – is hoping the latest addition to Z.E. range, the ZOE supermini, go some way in helping the expected in electric cars sales in

First Impressions

What we here is the ZOE Dynamique Intens and to a £5,000 Government grant the from a cost perspective, is the electric car that comes close to its conventionally-powered rivals. The level ZOE Expression comes in at and the higher level Dynamique start at £15,195.

Based on the platform that underpins the Clio and Nissan Note, are no strikingly obvious tell-tale as to this cars green The lack of a fuel filler cap – the socket is neatly hidden the enormous Renault badge – and the blue tined rear clusters are the only clues to it s way.

At the SMMT test day this month, the ZOE was often in a of other small superminis as the Peugeot 208. Renault Alfa MiTo and Fiat 500 and once did it look out of place. It bold, grinning front-end and back headlights give it chic 21 st century supermini From the inside, it’s any of its competitors. A 7in touchscreen multimedia dominates the dashboard and buttons and are clearly laid out.

If it wasn’t for the futuristic read-out and that indicates how aggressively driving, you’d be forgiven for the ZOE was a conventional supermini.

On the pricier Intens I tested, standard kit keyless start, rear camera, leather steering USB port, 3D digital sound and automatic wipers and lights. metallic paint (£495) and alloys (£310) increased the on the price to £15,800, which is competitive in this market. while the car may be yours at that the battery will not. pay £70 a month to rent the battery a limited annual mileage of miles. You can increase the monthly to £77 per month for a further 1,500 and to £85 for an annual mileage of up to 10,500

Happily Renault will fit a to your property when you buy a enabling you to fully charge the in around 3 hours.

On the road

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behind the wheel and on the road, the ZOE to set itself apart from the Its 22kWh Lithium Ion battery is under the floor giving a elevated driving position but in great visibility. A drawback to the however, is it is incredibly heavy. 290kg, the battery contributes to the hefty 1,468kg kerb of the Zoe.

Hills and steep inclines can be a but around the flatter twisty the instantaneous torque from the motor means the ZOE is no slouch getting up to city centre somewhere where it’s to spend most of its time. The motor will get you to 30mph in a 4 seconds but 0-62mph takes a 13.5 seconds.

Over the bumps and bends of Millbrook the ZOE planted and responsive yet such driving meant the claimed 130 range was dramatically reduced. In the world you’re looking at a realistic 62 miles in the winter and 90 in warmer conditions, which reasonable having driven it. continues to be the main drawback it comes getting people with their cash on an car. The Zoe uses a range system to squeeze every mile out of the electric motor.

It comprises of a regenerative braking which sends energy to the every time the driver the brake pedal or takes foot off the accelerator, a heat which acts like air conditioning capturing energy the air to warm or cool the cabin and Michelin E-V tyres which low resistance when driving compromising on handling or braking While the electric motor may not produce any CO2, having to the ZOE equates to approximately 54g/km of CO2

Verdict

I’ve always a bit of a sceptic when it comes to cars. There is petrol through my veins and I will prefer a third pedal and a stick poking up from the seats. But the Renault ZOE has done well to divert me onto the path.

I may not be a firm believer in electrically vehicle yet, but the ZOE will go way to restarting the electric revolution failed so dramatically in 2011.

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